Employee injured at work in road construction zone

An Oklahoma worker who was struck by a hit-and-run driver while she was on the job is still recovering in a Tulsa-area hospital. The 29-year-old woman suffered serious injury in the workers’ compensation incident, which left her with a head wound, a broken tailbone, shattered pelvis and some nerve damage on one side of her body. News reports show that the woman was employed on a road work crew when she was struck by a negligent driver who fled the scene.

The woman was reportedly assigned to hold a sign that instructed drivers to either stop or slow down in a work zone at Lynn Lane and 11th in June. The at-fault driver, who was behind the wheel of an F-150 pickup truck, reportedly stopped to tell the woman’s coworkers that she was injured, but he then drove off. No one has yet been arrested in connection with the workplace injury. The woman was struck with such violent force that she was knocked out of her shoes, according to her account of the incident.

Work zones are increasingly common in the Tulsa area during the summertime, when much of the city’s road repair work is completed. Work zone collisions are becoming a serious work injury hazard for road workers; collisions in those zones have increased by more than 150 percent in the past decade. That means that employers need to exercise more caution and emphasize safety, but drivers should also pay extra attention while behind the wheel in a work zone.

Victims who are injured at work – even by a third party like the woman in this case – may be entitled to financial compensation for their medical expenses through their employers. In some cases, companies are hesitant to submit workers compensation claims to their insurers. Victims may need to take legal action to get the compensation they need and deserve after they suffer a workplace injury accident.

Source: ABC 8 Tulsa, "Injured city worker continues recovery in hospital", Caitlin Alexander", July 2, 2014

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